Anyone not wanting to read a geeky train-related post, turn away now...
|Source: London Transport Museum|
Okay, now I'm alone with my fellow transport enthusiasts, I can gush unashamedly about Underground stations. I was very pleased to read the other day that English Heritage has listed 16 new tube stations, particularly as some of these are ones for which I have a particular, personal fondness.
I've always liked Russell Square and Chalk Farm:
|Russell Square Station (Photo by Diorama Sky via Flickr)|
|Chalk Farm Station (Source: Geograph)|
I just love the "ox-blood" faience - it's such a rich and distinctive colour, which was the point really, to draw people's attention so they could spot the nearest tube station easily. And they have beautiful green, art nouveau style tiles once you're inside. Well, underground travel isn't a terribly pleasant experience, so why not liven it up with some vibrant colours? The architect responsible for these stations (along with other lovelies such as the already listed Mornington Crescent ) was Leslie Green, who designed 40 stations for London Underground between 1903-1907. Impressive turn-out for only a few years in service but I suppose when you're onto a good thing with your design and also aiming for standardisation, it's a lot easier...
I was also quietly pleased to see Wood Green make the list as well. This used to be my local tube station and - although I didn't enjoy living out there particularly - I can't help but have a soft spot for the building I ventured through every day on my way to work.
|Wood Green Station (Source: Wikipedia)|
|And back in the day (Source: The Independent)|
I have to confess that, although the ticket hall is quite nice, overall it never particularly spoke to me architecturally. Even though it is 1930s and by Charles Holden, who has some other buildings that I adore. Holden is probably the architect most famously associated with London Underground, introducing a modern, minimalist style to the stations during the 1920s and 1930s. He also designed 55 Broadway as the headquarters of London Underground - a fabulous building from the outside, though I've never been privileged enough to see inside it. To me, Wood Green Station doesn't hold up quite as well against his other work but there you have it - someone must have deemed it worthy!
|Source: Doug Rose|